Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra: making great music personal



sound investment

Have you ever listened to a favorite symphony or concerto and wondered what life experiences and inspiration shaped the composer’s ideas, how the orchestra players reacted upon first reading the new score or how the composer felt as musicians finally gave sonic life to notes on paper?

Each season, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra commissions and premieres a new piece of music composed especially to suit its unparalleled musical talents. As an “investor,” you will be invited to a series of intimate salons where you can meet the composer, hear excerpts of the score-in-progress and attend a full orchestral rehearsal of the completed work. Members of Sound Investment contribute toward the composer’s fee and costs of the premiere concerts.

investing in a commission offers a wealth of returns

A membership contribution of $300 or more gives you:


  • access to three salons with the Sound Investment composer
  • a pair of tickets to the world premiere performance of the new work
  • your name on the dedication page of the printed score

First-time investors may contribute $150 and enjoy:


  • any one of the three composer salons
  • a two-for-one ticket discount for the premiere concert

LACO has awarded the 2015 Sound Investment commission to Ted Hearne. You can learn more about this multi-talented young composer and listen to samples of his music at his website tedhearne.com.

about the composer

Ted Hearne: Composer, singer and bandleader Hearne draws on a wide breadth of influences to create intense, personal and multi-dimensional music. The Chicago native studied at the Manhattan School of Music and Yale University, received the 2013 Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and has been named San Francisco Symphony’s New Voices composer for 2014-15. In addition to the Sound Investment commission, Hearne has composed works for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, A Far Cry, Eighth Blackbird, the European Contemporary Orchestra and the Albany Symphony. He joins the faculty of USC’s Thornton School of Music in fall 2014.

concert info

The world premiere of Ted Hearne’s Sound Investment commission will be performed at Mendelssohn Italian on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at the Alex Theatre and Sunday, May 17, 2015 at Royce Hall.

salon info

Join us for salons with the composer throughout the season to ask questions about how music is made and bond with fellow investors:

Wed Oct 9, 2013
Thu Feb 20, 2014
Thu Apr 24, 2014

contact info

Contact Michelle Weger, director of institutional giving, at 213 622 7001 × 203 or michelleweger@laco.org for more information about joining Sound Investment.

Download the enrollment form or enroll online



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